Texas Crime and Corrections
2:19 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Texas rate of incarcerated juveniles declining

Texas has the fourth-highest rate of adult incarceration in the country. But the number of incarcerated juveniles in Texas dropped by over a third in a recent ten-year span.

A recent study, The Comeback States, shows that juvenile incarceration in Texas dropped by 37 percent from 2001 to 2010. A Texas Civil Rights Project spokesman says that many conservatives have backed away from incarceration as a catch-all punishment for juveniles, as the practice has become associated with high costs and poor outcomes.

The Texas Civil Rights Project's Scott Medlock discusses the reasons contributing to the drop in the rate of incarcerated juveniles in Texas. (Mark Haslett/KETR)